One question we have found that many Christians have on their prayer life with the Lord is who exactly should they be directing their personal prayers to – God the Father, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit?
As you will see in the Scripture verses I will give you in this article, Jesus Himself makes it very plain and very clear that we are to direct all of our personal prayers direct to God the Father.
We are not to pray direct to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now living up in heaven.
Here are 5 very good clear verses spelling all of this out for us:
- “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:6-13)
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God …” (Philippians 4:6)
- “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed. O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” (Psalm 65:1-2)
- “… Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24)
- “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
Notice several key things from these verses, along with how Jesus interacted with His Father when He was walking down here on our earth in the flesh:
1. In the very first verse listed above, Jesus tells us to specifically pray direct to God the Father. He does not tell us to pray direct to Himself, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who will be up in heaven once He dies on the cross for all of us.
If Jesus wanted us to pray to either Him or the Holy Spirit, I believe He would have included that directive in this verse. This verse is very specific in that we are to pray only to God the Father if we have any specific prayer requests that need to be met.
2. In the second verse above, the apostle Paul once again tells us to make all of our prayer requests be made known direct to God the Father, not to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now up in heaven by the time Paul makes this statement.
3. The third verse above is from King David. Notice that he is addressing God the Father direct, and then makes the statement that God the Father is the One will actually “hear prayer.” Again, he is only addressing God the Father on this issue, not Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
4. The last two verses from Jesus are now going to give us one more key piece of revelation. Not only must you pray direct to God the Father, but Jesus now wants those prayers to be done “in His name.” In other words, pray direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus.
Praying direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus means you recognize and realize that it is only through Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross that we now have direct access to both Him and His Father in heaven. Here are two main verses that will tell us that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal salvation with God the Father:
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
- “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
This is why we must always approach God the Father in prayer in the name of Jesus – as a constant reminder that it is only through Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross that we now have this incredible direct connection established with Him.
By telling God the Father that we are now praying to Him in the name of His Son Jesus, I believe He is really moved and touched by that statement, and it then puts us on a very good solid footing with Him in the prayer room.
I personally like to start out all of my prayers in the name of Jesus at the beginning of my prayer to God the Father, and depending on the length of the prayer, also include it in various parts of the prayer.
You will see us do this in all of the battle prayers that we have listed in the Spiritual Warfare and Stories and Testimonies sections of our website.
5. If you study very carefully how Jesus interacted with the Father while He was walking down here on this earth, He was always praying direct to God the Father. There is not one instance where He prayed direct to the Holy Spirit. Jesus was obviously doing all of His miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit, but all of His actual prayers were always directed to God the Father, not to Himself or to the Holy Spirit.
I believe all of the above verses should be interpreted very literally. And if Jesus and the apostle Paul are telling us to direct all of our prayers to God the Father, then we should do exactly that and not try to direct our prayers to either Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or any dead saints who are now in heaven.
If Jesus wanted us to direct any of our personal prayers to either Him, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who are now up in heaven, I believe He would have personally put that kind of revelation into the Bible.
Jesus knew full well that God was going to orchestrate that His Word and testimony would all be put into this one Holy Book. He knew this Holy Book would eventually be read by millions of people in the future, with everyone looking for spiritual guidance on how to live their lives in Him and His Father. As such, I believe that Jesus has laid out for us exactly who we are to pray to and exactly how we are to pray to Him.
We can develop good communication and best-friend type relationships with the both of Them. But when it comes down to direct serious prayer, I believe Jesus wants all of us to direct those kinds of prayers direct to His Father, not to Himself or to the Holy Spirit.
I know some people have had some of their prayers answered when praying to Jesus. One prayer in particular is when people yell out, “Jesus,” right as they are getting ready to have a car wreck, and then God moves to save them just in the nick of time.
I believe that God does answer some of our prayers to Jesus, especially if the person does not have this knowledge that we should be praying direct to God the Father.
I believe there is some “slack” with God on this issue and that He will still help us out, even if we are not doing things quite the right way. But I still believe the above verses should be interpreted very literally – and if Jesus Himself is telling us to direct our prayers only to God the Father, then I believe we should do it that way.
I have seen numerous testimonies from other Christians who were not having much success in their prayer life with the Lord, as many of them were directing their personal prayers to Jesus instead of direct to God the Father.
Then once they were given this basic prayer principle from Jesus Himself, and then started to direct all of their personal prayers direct to God the Father in the name of Jesus, then many of them started to get a lot more of their personal prayers answered.
If there are any of you out there who have not had much success in your personal prayer life with the Lord, and you did not now about this particular prayer strategy from the Lord, try directing all of your personal prayers direct to God the Father instead of to Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints you were trying to reach up in heaven.
This one simple change in prayer strategy could completely open up the door for you in your own personal prayer life with God the Father and thus cause a lot more of your personal prayers to get actually answered by Him, since you are now following a direct specific command from His Word – the Bible!
- Introduction to the Prayer Secrets
- Prayer Secret #1 Your Personal Relationship With God
- Prayer Secret #2 The Will of God
- Prayer Secret #3 God Will Hear the Prayers of the Righteous
- Prayer Secret #4 Stating Your Case Before God
- Prayer Secret #5 Ask – Seek – Knock
- Prayer Secret #6 The Prayer of Agreement
- Prayer Secret #7 The Power of Intercessory Prayer
- Prayer Secret #8 Praying For Something More Than One Time
- Prayer Secret #9 Do Not Lose Heart
- Prayer Secret #10 The Intercessory Ministries of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
- Prayer Secret #11 Mighty Prevailing Prayer
- Prayer Secret #12 Prayers of Thanksgiving
- Prayer Secret #13 Pray to God the Father in the Name of Jesus
Monday 1st of August 2022
I only pray to God in the name of Jesus as instructed. I dont understand your distinguishing God from the Holy Spirit. Torah never teaches that Holy Spirit is a person. Do the research. Holy Spirit is always talking about in His action. It's not a separate person. Most Christianity is wrong on this but if you study Holy Spirit in Torah you will understand it before you ever read NT. I've also done more research on what Logos is and what it is not. Christians are in the dark on this one too. So I no longer believe in a Trinity which came into the church by pagan converts. Do your research. I pray to one God. If God acts we call that the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God. I don't call Jesus God. NT never does. I'm sorry Christianity went this way a long time back but it makes Christianity kind of a polytheistic religion. And many Jewish Christians I have known accept Jesus as Messiah but not as God nor do they believe in a Trinity. I just let God be God and Jesus be Jesus. And try to follow Jesus's examples. I dont belong to a cult either.
Thursday 28th of October 2021
"I believe we can commune with, fellowship with, talk to, and worship and praise both Jesus and the Holy Spirit."
Do you have any scriptural evidence that this was done by any of the apostles as an example for us to follow? If we were supposed to converse with the Holy Spirit, wouldn't it be done by them and then memorialized in scripture for us to follow their examples? I know this is common practice by most Bible teachers today, but like you used as an argument against praying to the Holy Spirit, shouldn't it equally apply to conversing? I'm just trying to understand why this is a common practice even though there's no examples of it in the scriptures.
Wednesday 9th of June 2021
You have quoted scripture to support the importance of praying to God, our Heavenly Father. That's absolutely right. However, there's no scripture to support your point that the dead saints are presently up in heaven. The Bible clearly says that the dead are in the graves it wherever, awaiting to be brought back to life by the soon coming Kong of kings , Yehoshua (Jesus). Also Jesus himself clearly said that his Heavenly Father is the only True God(John 17:3).Trinity is not scriptural. There is only One True God and He is Almighty God, the God and Father of our lord Yehoshua.
James J. Taylor
Friday 20th of November 2020
Thank you so much for the insight the Spirit of God has given you. Live forever ! He helped me so much as I am preparing to teach on this subject, along with 1 Timothy 2:1-8. I did not seek commentary first, but I sought the leading of the Spirit of God in prayer first, and I believe I was lead to this article to confirm what He had already taught me . Thank you again.
Thursday 5th of November 2020
I appreciate your post as well as using the Bible to explain everything. Thank you. I have one correction for you. You said,
"If Jesus wanted us to direct any of our personal prayers to either Him, the Holy Spirit, or to any dead saints who are now up in heaven, I believe He would have personally put that kind of revelation into the Bible."
The truth is, God does want us to pray to Jesus and Jesus Himself taught His disciples to pray to Himself. This instruction is right in John 14:13-14. Read it carefully. Jesus says, "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it" (John 14:14 ESV). Notice that Jesus is instructing His disciples to pray to Him (Jesus) directly. This is the only time Jesus instructs His disciples to pray to Himself. Therefore, because of the verses you have listed above (including John 14:13-14), I see it safe to conclude we are directed from the Holy Scriptures to pray to God the Father AND God the Son. Please feel free to email me and we can chat about the verse. This is a great resource, thank you for all you do.
Tuesday 8th of December 2020
Jesus is God...The Son of God.. The Father,The Son,The Holy Spirit is One.. Meaning...Jesus Christ is God...The Holy Spirit is God...thank you..God bless us all..